Wisconsin governor announces federal disaster aid resources for St. Croix County

Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced that residents and businesses in St. Croix, Wisconsin affected by severe storms from June 28 to July 1 can now apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA).

According to the governor’s office, these loans are also available in Barron, Dunn, Pierce and Polk counties as well as Washington County in Minnesota. The loans provide up to $2 million to help repair or replace physical losses caused by the storms, which caused flash flooding, washed-out roads and resulted in home evacuations.

"Wisconsinites know how to band together and rebuild together when disaster hits," said Evers. "These low-interest loans will extend a crucial lifeline to the hardworking folks who live and work in these communities so that they may successfully recover after the devasting floods earlier this summer."

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A survey conducted by the SBA in St. Croix found that there are more than 25 homes and businesses that sustained significant damage.

"After seeing the devastation firsthand, I can tell you that these communities and their residents are resilient," said Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator Dr. Darrell L. Williams. "These funds will give them the help they need to get back on their feet during these difficult times."

The SBA survey was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are available through the SBA’s secure Electronic Loan Application (ELA) website. Additional information is available by contacting the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of hearing) or by sending an email.